Goal

By the year 2023, achieve zero racial disparities in traffic stops and citations and arrests from traffic stops, and achieve zero use of force incidents, and zero deaths at the hands of Austin Police Department (APD) officers.    

This reform is defined by City Council Resolution 20200611-050.

 

Direction

The City Manager, the APD, the Office of Police Oversight (OPO), the Equity Office, the Innovation Office and other relevant departments will collaborate on developing remedial strategies to achieve these goals, and reporting strategies to show progress toward achieving these goals.    

 

Deliverables and Outcome

Oversee the development of regular analyses and reports on APD policies and practices. This data will help inform future performance evaluations of the City Manager, police contract negotiations, and budget actions by City Council, as well as keep the public abreast of progress on these items.  

 

Status

 

October 2020

The Office of Performance Management (OPM), with input from APD, OPO, as well as the Equity and Innovation offices, has developed a Strategic Measures dashboard to track progress on reaching zero disparity goals for motor vehicle stops as well as citations and arrests resulting from motor vehicle stops. The dashboard will be published in mid-November.

OPO is finalizing the 2019 racial profiling report for publication. The findings are expected to be released in mid-November. Quarterly reports will be provided beginning in 2021.

 

Complete Actions

These elements of the reform resolution are considered complete, as of October 31. 

  1. Changes to APD General Orders reported when implemented, listed on APD website.

 

In-Progress Actions

These elements of the reform resolutions are considered in progress, as of October 31.

  1. Establish Strategic Direction 2023 (SD23) racial justice-related policy goals in the Safety outcome
  2. Use of the Joint APD Racial Profiling Data as baseline
  3. Develop baseline analysis for future OPO reports related to zero use-of-force incidents and officer-involved deaths
  4. Recommend additional improved metrics or other analytical methods
  5. Report progress toward revised SD23 goals
  6. Provide written quarterly reports
  7. Update City Council on progress and interim recommendations
  8. Lead a discussion at a Council work session on progress

 

Pending Actions

These elements of the reform resolutions are pending, as of October 31. The reasons they are pending range from needed work with other divisions, need for legal review or policy development, need for community input and need for input from the City Council, the Council Public Safety Committee or the Public Safety Commission.

  1. Implement remedial strategies to achieve revised SD23 justice-related policy goals
  2. Assess all SD23 indicators and metrics with respect to racial justice
  3. Publish list of officers with non-confidential history of misconduct

 

Timeline

 

September 2020

The Office of Performance Management (OPM), with input from APD, OPO, as well as the Equity and Innovation offices, is developing the data framework and content for a Strategic Measures dashboard that will track progress on reaching zero disparity goals. The hiring process is underway for a data analyst who will play a key role in coordinating a review of all Strategic Direction 2023 (SD23) measures with a race and equity lens.

OPO is developing the 2019 racial profiling report and expects to publish findings in late October.

Changes to APD general orders are now being reported as they are implemented on APD’s website.

 

June 2020

Council adopted Resolution 20200611-050 on June 11, 2020.